Introduction to the KISS Grammar Workbooks 2004 North Carolina Trainer Manual

From the Writing of Fourth Graders:
Exploring Verbs as Direct Objects


 
     Sometimes verbs function as direct objects of other verbs, and sometimes the two verbs can be explained as the parts of a single verb phrase. After you analyze the following sentences, your teacher may have the class discuss the different ways in which you and your classmates explained them.
Directions: Working sentence by sentence, place parentheses around each prepositional phrase. Then underline every finite verb twice, and every subject once. Label the complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO").

1. We were going to make our own pizza!

2. The man on TV was going to tell us how to make delicious pizza.

3. We couldn't wait to begin.

4. Carol and I finished washing our hands.

5. We started to make the pizza.

6. We started making the yummy, tasty pizza.

7. The man started talking.

8. The man started to talk.

9. We started eating our nasty pizza.

10. That disgusting slice of pizza almost made me vomit!